Americans seek sun at home & abroad

With a hard winter already battering much of the country, it’s no surprise that a recent AAA survey found many Americans have plans to visit warm locales. According to the survey, more than 2 in 5 Americans are planning to take a vacation in 2017, and almost 1 in 3 say they’re more likely to vacation this year than last. We take a look at their top destinations according to AAA’s travel bookings, and some of the trends that are taking shape in the new year.

AAA travel's most-booked destinations for 2017

  • 1. Orlando, Florida

    2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    3. Anaheim, California

    4. Miami, Florida

    5. Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    2. Rome, Italy

    3. Montego Bay, Jamaica

    4. London, United Kingdom

    5. Nassau, the Bahamas

  • • Melbourne, Australia

     Sydney, Australia

     Toronto, Canada

    • Vancouver, Canada

    • Cancun, Mexico

Dollar strong internationally

The American dollar is currently at or near all-time highs compared to other currencies. That means American travelers get more for their money when they're abroad, and AAA Travel can help members get an even greater value with exclusive savings and benefits on international trips.

Top travel trends for 2017

  • The I's have it

    AAA notes significant demand for travelers visiting Europe in 2017. Ireland and Iceland are expected to be particularly popular, thanks to the recent availability of low airfares and the perception that both island nations are safe—yet for many American travelers, previously unexplored—destinations.
  • The true north

    The true north

    Canada is an increasingly popular vacation destination, thanks to its accessibility and favorable exchange rates. Canada is also celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017, offering visitors many opportunities to experience special events and learn more about the country’s history and traditions.
  • River cruising

    River cruising

    According to a AAA survey, 4 in 10 Americans would consider a river cruise for an upcoming vacation and 24 percent are likely to take one in the next five years. Despite the perception that river cruising appeals primarily to older generations, millennials are the most likely to consider a river cruise.
  • National parks

    National parks

    The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Following all-time record visitation in 2015, the parks remain an attractive destination. According to a recent AAA survey, 79 percent of Americans say they are as likely or more likely to visit a national park in the first half of this year.

Insure your adventure

Vacation is a time to relax, but travel comes with plenty to worry about: flight delays, lost bags, injuries, and more. Travel insurance can give you peace of mind by covering the costs of these and other issues, so you can spend less time worrying and more time relaxing.
Information taken from “Americans Will Head to Beach and International Destinations in 2017,” January 12, 2017, American Automobile Association.